Tuivailala Headlines 2010 Gulf Coast Cards

Third-round pick, high school shortstop Sam Tuilvailala tops initial Gulf Coast League Cardinals roster.

The tentative opening day roster of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals as assigned by the parent St. Louis Cardinals includes the earliest drafted player signed by the organization to date, California high school shortstop Sam Tuivailala.

Seven other 2010 signed draftees are new GCL Cardinals, with their rounds drafted listed below. Ricky Martinez, non-drafted free agent signing and son of Springfield pitching coach Dennis Martinez, is also on the squad.

The initial 34-man roster also has a distinct Latin flavor as a number of the new GCL Cardinals have graduated from the Cardinals' academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

In addition, as noted below, 50th rounder, right-handed pitcher Andrew Moye does not yet have a team assignment.

There may still be roster changes between now and opening day, on Monday, June 21.

2010 Gulf Coast League Cardinals Opening Roster – as of 6/17/10
(2010 draft round shown in parens)

Aguilar, Cesar (14)
Alcala, Yorbel
Avendano, Javier
Babrick, Joseph
Bighames, Tyler
Brand, Cole (42)
Bryant, Anthony (16)
Castillo, Amaury
Colorado, Moises
DeLaCruz, Manuel
DeLaCruz, Roberto
Fonseca, Anthony
Freeman, Ben (11)
Garcia, Anthony
Garcia, Hector
Jimenez, Charlan
Lucas,  Josh (21)
Martin, Trevor (20)
Martinez, Ricky (NDFA)
Mendoza, Richard (25)
Montero, Jesus
Moscatel, Kevin
Pasen, Jose
Perez, Wader
Pimentel, Luis
Rivero, Alberto
Rodriguez, Starlin
Santana, Michael
Tavares, Oscar
Tuivailala, Sam (3)
Uribe, Adriano
Vargas, Ildemaro
Vivas, Wilfredo
Washington, David
Moye, Andrew (50)

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